Staying Secure During the Holidays
The holiday season is a busy time for shopping, package deliveries, connecting with family members you haven’t talked in a while – and it’s also a very attractive time for scammers. To help you and your family stay secure this holiday season, we wanted to share some quick tips and things to look out for.
Holiday Phishing & Vishing
Did you hear about the fraudulent Costco coupon that was going viral earlier this month? Make sure to be extra vigilant of emails and calls that may not seem legitimate.
- Check the sender email address to confirm the domain name matches the sender you should expect. What may look like ‘email@example.com’ may actually be ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ . Learn more about detecting a phishing email here.
- Were you expecting this email from someone you know? It may appear to be from a reputable company that you commonly use, but if you weren’t expecting it, make sure to verify the email (not by replying to the email). Also, is there a sense of urgency on the email? That can be a red flag too.
- Never click on links or open attachments from emails that looks strange. As a best practice, hover over links to view the URL before clicking, to check if it really is what it says it is or who it’s from. You can learn more here.
- Phone scams and vishing are becoming increasingly popular. If anyone is asking you to transfer money or asking for confidential information, this is likely a scam. Make sure to double-check directly with the person or company or as best practice just don’t give this type of information over the phone.
Staying Secure while Shopping Online
Avoiding crowded malls and free overnight shipping are some of the perks of online shopping, but you need to ensure you’re following online security best practices if you want to stay ‘scammer’ free this season.
- Don’t shop on public wi-fi networks unless you are logged into a VPN.
- Use reputable sites that are secured by TLS(the lock icon to the left of the URL in your browser). If you don’t see the lock, it’s best to take your business elsewhere.
- Keep a close eyeon your credit and bank accounts for unusual or suspicious activity.
- Set-up multi-factor authentication on accounts where you can.
- Always use strong and unique passwordsfor online sites. As always, you can use LastPass to help make managing and securing multiple passwords and personal information a breeze!
We hope you have a great holiday season and stay safe online!